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“Step back into pre-war France..”
Review of Spread Eagle - CLOSED

Spread Eagle
Price range: US$41 - US$64
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Greenwich
Transit: Tube: Greenwich DLR: Cutty Sark
Description: With origins as a tavern and coaching inn from the early 1600s, The Spread Eagle had, by Victorian times, also gained a reputation as an excellent restaurant. Today it is still a landmark; setting the standard for fine food in Greenwich. This is West End dining away from the stress of the city.As you enter The Spread Eagle you are immediately enveloped by the classic surroundings. The walls are mounted with exquisite artwork featuring a range of distinguished artists and illustrators from the 17th century who were inspired by Greenwich.
Reviewed 11 November 2013

...With contemporary cuisine the Spread Eagle is something of a conundrum. Originally an old pub, the venue has been refurbished into an elegant restaurant and bar set in a traditional French style; you can almost hear Edith Piaf warbling at the edges of consciousness as you step in through the curved sliding doors.

The bar area is beautifully appointed with booths separated by frosted glass and small tables set around the marble fireplace. The bar itself invites you in with its soft dark wood and traditional setting. The wine and cocktail list gives you plenty of choice, and prices are reasonable (a bottle of excellent Bergerac sets you back £28). I would recommend the bar both for a more formal drinks evening or pre-dinner drinks. Bar food is also served (though I have not yet had the pleasure of ordering some) with decent value coming through once again (a burger is c.£9 - compare the ambiance to a GBK which is more expensive and its a no-brainer).

The restaurant is decorated in softer tones with plush velvet chairs that are very comfortable to sit in and paintings of Greenwich filling the walls. The food is delicious and ranges from traditional duck breast to more contemporary crab cakes with a spiced mango chutney (a main is c. £15 and a starter c. £8). Service was excellent the first time I went three weeks ago, but unfortunately a little slower last Saturday with the mains having taken around 30-40min to arrive after the starters. Overall very good.

The venue is very welcoming, and filled with a good number of people the backdrop of traditional turn-of-the-century acoustic music fits in very well with the atmosphere. Later in the evening the jazz club below (not the same venue) kicks up which lends a fun and amusing element to the tail end of the meal.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and family, though be aware of the more formal setting and would advise nice jeans and a double-cuff shirt be as casual as you dress.

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Thank SirAttilaMeridian
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

I live locally and have returned to the Spread Eagle off and on for twenty years, usually for special occasions. Last week we took my elderly parents there as a treat and were disappointed. The service was erratic, which surprised me. The initial over-attentiveness became almost farcical as a waiter bullied my father into ordering a drink he didn't want, while refusing to accept that a kir was not a kir royale (we soon realised the waiter was not French). But once our mains arrived we were ignored, so that when we finally ordered puddings, my parents almost fell asleep over them. The food also varied wildly, from a good venison steak to dry and over-capered skate, so astringent it couldn't be finished.

There were no amuse bouche, no chocolates with coffee -- none of the touches that used to make a night at the Spread Eagle special. And the prices are high, especially for seafood -- at £12 for the scallop and black pudding starter, we expected more than 2 scallops.

It is with some sadness that I will no longer recommend this restaurant. Yes, its decor is wonderful -- and those who remember the charmingly eccentric first floor (reached by a spiral staircase, no longer in use) will have fond memories of the ambience in years gone by. But reliably good French cooking it is not, and the tone of the wait staff is as uneven as the food.

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Thank Sankofa2013
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

The restaurant is located in a 17th.century building around the corner from the Ibis Hotel and has the look of a Gentlemens club with all the pictures hanging on the wall etc. A wet Tuesday night in Greenwich had obviously kept the punters at home as we were the only table for a large part of the evening -not normally a good sign.But all four of us had an excellent meal - our starter was a delightful combination of scallops,pea puree,black pudding and crispy parma ham. A real show stopper -delicious.Followed by steaks, venison and see bass -all hit the spot. Decided to have wine by the glass -not expensive & good quality. The food was excellent, the service attentive ( how could it not be with one table most of the time),but obviously the buzz of a full restaurant was missing. The restaurant has mixed reviews -were we lucky? I don't know,but what I do know is that we had an excellent meal.

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Thank Andrzej116
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We had Sunday Lunch on 22nd September 2013 at the Spread Eagle. Frankly there are so many restaurants in Greenwich it was hard to choose which would get our custom for a Sunday Roast. Greenwich is so small that although the Spread Eagle is not on the main road by the Cutty Sark it is only two minutes away, and frankly well worth it.
We no longer live in the UK so as "foreigners" and tourists it is so easy to end up with very, very poor "traditional" English food.
Well we can highly recommend the traditional British Sunday lunch on offer here. It is not the cheapest at £15.00 but if you get what we did that Sunday you will not be disappointed.
Add the very interesting and charming decor together with the many pictures on the walls and this was a great experience.
Leave the chains, the fast foods and the ethnic and enjoy traditional Silver service at the Spread Eagle.
If we can we will definitely return.

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1  Thank gfplux
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We had been to Spread Eagle a few years earlier and the food and service had been of a very high standard. We decided to visit again, knowing that it had changed hands since our first visit. The interior is still impressive and as described on the website. Sadly the food and service is way short of that.

On arrival we ordered two drinks and some tap water. Despite the fact that the restaurant only had a couple of other tables filled we still hadn't received either fifteen minutes later. When we chased them the water arrived to be followed by the waitress saying she had forgotten what some of our order was (it was only two drinks!)
Service was sporadic and very slow throughout the meal.

We booked for sunday lunch but when my partner selected the roast beef billed as 'sirloin and yorkshire pudding' he were told they had run out of Yorkshire puddings. Disappointing on two levels: 1) that they didn't have enough of the staple menu ingredients 2) suggests they don't maker them but buy them in.

The menu offered Tagliatelle then goes on to describe a risotto dish - even on the website - check it out on the sunday menu!

The bread arrived at the table at the same time as the starter and rather than being accompanied by butter it was unpleasant yellow margarine (albeit with herbs added, presumably to make it look posh)

The goats cheese and caramelised onion tart starter was heavy on onion, low on cheese and with an overcooked brittle tart. The crab salad offered a measly portion for its 9.50 price tag

The main of Plaice and vegetables was good and worthy of the 14.50 price, whilst the chicken wrapped in pancetta at 13.50 was.,..

A disappointing end to a disappointing meal was an apple crumble clearly with tinned apples,packet crumble lacking taste and accompanied by a mediocre bright yellow ice cream.

This place is still trading on its previous good standards and is failing. Rather than "setting the standard for fine food in Greenwich" as its website suggests.
It is at best on a par with a very average restaurant chain but still charging a premium price. We certainly won't be going back

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3  Thank Seanusmurphy
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